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Crist committee pours more money into state party coffers

A committee closely tied to gubernatorial candidate Charlie Crist sent $4.5 million to the Florida Democratic Party during the past two weeks, records show.

That continues a pattern as the party prepares to try to wrest the governor’s mansion away from Republican incumbent Rick Scott.

The committee, known as “Charlie Crist for Florida,” paid three installments of $1.5 million to the party from Aug. 11 to last Wednesday, according to newly filed finance reports.

The committee now has funneled more than $8.2 million to the state party since December.

In all, the committee had raised nearly $14.6 million as of Thursday and spent about $8.75 million.

Its major contributors since Aug. 9 have included the West Palm Beach-based law firm Searcy Denney Scarola Barnhart & Shipley, which contributed $150,000, and the Jacksonville law firm of Harrell & Harrell, which contributed $100,000, according to the reports.

Meanwhile, Crist’s campaign collected $1,385,374 from Aug. 9 to last Thursday, giving it an overall total of nearly $6.4 million. That total was bolstered by $1.09 million in state matching funds.